Engineering Physics

Many of today’s engineering challenges occur at the boundaries of traditional engineering disciplines. Engineering Physics combines a broad education in physics, mathematics, chemistry, and computing with a solid foundation in the engineering sciences and engineering design. The result is a graduate who is prepared to work in a rapidly changing environment where several scientific and engineering disciplines overlap.

Murray State University's Engineering Physics degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Recognition by this organization has been earned by only 22 Engineering Physics programs nationwide. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, the first step in proceeding to licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE). The Program Educational Objectives for the Engineering Physics program describe the characteristics of graduates in the context of their career work environments, and are consistent with Murray State’s mission and the needs of our constituencies.

At the heart of the engineering physics curriculum are core courses in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and physics. Along with completing the core curriculum, each engineering physics student may select a track in electrical, mechanical, or aerospace engineering, or in advanced physics. You will learn techniques in solving engineering problems, and you will develop the applied background to attack new engineering challenges creatively.

Track Options

Jobs in Engineering Physics

  • Physicists
  • Architectural and Engineering Managers
  • Natural Sciences Managers
  • Engineers
  • Teachers

Engineering Physics Degree Requirements

  • Total Course Requirements (121-131 credit hours)
  • University Studies Requirements (46 total hours)
    Must include: ECO 231 Principles of Microeconomics
  • Core Courses (52 total hours)
    • CHE 201 General College Chemistry
    • EGR 099 Transitions
    • EGR 101 Introduction to Engineering
    • EGR 140 Introduction to Computing Applications in Science and Engineering
    • EGR 240 Thermodynamics I
    • EGR 259 Statics
    • EGR 264 Linear Circuits I
    • EGR 330 Dynamics
    • EGR 363 Circuits, Signals and Systems
    • EGR 375 Materials Science
    • EGR 390 Engineering Measurements
    • EGR 460 Electricity and Magnetism I
    • EGR 498 Senior Engineering Design I
    • EGR 499 Senior Engineering Design II
    • MAT 250 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
    • MAT 308 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
    • MAT 309 Calculus and Analytic Geometry III
    • MAT 338 Ordinary Differential Equations
    • PHY 235 Mechanics, Heat and Wave Motion
    • PHY 236 Mechanics, Heat and Wave Motion Laboratory
    • PHY 255 Electricity, Magnetism and Light
    • PHY 256 Electricity, Magnetism and Light Laboratory
    • PHY 370 Introduction to Modern Physics
    • PHY 470 Optics
  • Mathematics Depth Elective (3-4 total hours)
    Each student must complete a mathematics depth elective chosen from a departmental list of approved depth electives, or as approved by the department chair. Students with a Biomedical Engineering track must take STA 135, MAT 540, or MAT 560 for this elective.
  • Technical Electives (18-29 total hours)
    Each student must complete 18 hours of technical electives. A minimum of 12 technical elective credit hours must be obtained from EGR courses. Completion of a track is encouraged but not required.
    • EGR 388 International Experience in Engineering
    • EGR 488 Cooperative Education/Internship
    • EGR 489 Cooperative Education/Internship
    • EGR 515 Special Topics
    • EGR 520 Independent Study
  • Unrestricted Electives (0-2 total hours)

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